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Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematican Katherine Johnson

By Lucinda Dyer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Must-read true story of trailblazing NASA mathematician.

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This utterly captivating memoir makes readers feel as if they're curled up in a comfortable chair listening to a favorite older relative reminisce about her life. Reaching for the Moon covers a lot of historical territory -- everything from the Dred Scott decision in 1857 to the Apollo moon landing -- but Johnson makes it easy for readers to relax and keep reading even when confronted with history that may be new to them. For girls who dream of becoming mathematicians or scientists, Johnson offers a look inside what it was like to work at NASA, computing launch windows for spacecraft and calculating the trajectory of the Lunar Lander on Apollo 11.

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